Anna Nicole Smithhis daughter, Dannylynn Birkhead, seems to be living her best life at the ripe old age of 16! The adorable teen, who is her late mom’s look-a-like, was spotted hanging out with none other than superstar Janet Jackson at a Kentucky Derby pre-party called the Barnstable Brown Gala on Friday (May 6). And as fate would have it, Dannielynn rocked one of Janet’s iconic ensembles which she wore to the same event in 2003!
The outfit was bought in a charity auction by Dannielynn’s father Larry Birkhead, according to his Instagram post, where he shared snaps of his daughter trying it out for the gala. “Dannielynn is wearing Janet Jackson’s personal outfit that Janet wore to the 2003 Barnstable-Brown Gala,” he wrote. “It was purchased as part of Janet’s @juliens_auctions for a good cause. Ironically, Janet is expected to be in attendance tonight.”
Hours later, Larry shared more photos from the event, where Dannielynn ran into Janet. Dannielynn looked absolutely stunning posing like a pro alongside the “Rhythm Nation” singer in the fitted black suit with a beaded leather belt. She completed Janet’s signature style with the embroidered flower cutter, new cap and black tie. “Janet was so kind and complimentary about Dannielynn in her outfit,” Larry captioned the photo album. “She made Dannielynn so happy and even graciously posed for a picture with us.”
The Kentucky Derby is a long tradition for the father-daughter duo. Last year Larry shared snaps of Dannielynn in a turquoise suit from jovanic as they prepared to go to Churchill Downs. “While our favorite event The Barnstable-Brown Party won’t be back until next year, we’ve decided to head to Churchill Downs track on this beautiful day in preparation for the Kentucky Derby,” Larry wrote. In 2019, Dannielynn was once again the spitting image of her iconic mother when she donned a pink dress for the famous horse race.
Larry has previously referred to Dannielynn as her mother’s “legacy,” as the mother and daughter bear an uncanny resemblance, which becomes more apparent as the young beauty ages. Dannielynn was only 5 months old when Anna Nicole – who rose to fame as a Guess? model and reality star – died on February 8, 2007 of an accidental drug overdose.
A source close to Larry EXCLUSIVELY revealed to HollywoodLife how he keeps Anna Nicole alive – by sharing memories of her with Dannielynn. “Larry talks about Dannielynn’s mom all the time,” our insider revealed. “When Anna died, Larry swore to everyone that he would, and he succeeded. Larry is very private when it comes to Dannielynn, but he constantly reminds her of her mother and tells her on a daily basis just how much she resembles her. She’s a spitting image of her mother and Larry loves that.”